For bullied kids, it's hard to imagine a life without anxiety and fear of taunting or physical abuse, but the fact is, even in what seems like the worst bullying situations, it does eventually get better.
Apparently, Hailey's mother discovered that her daughter was abusing fellow students (at least we assume it was fellow students and not just some random people), via the Internet. As a result, Hailey's mom decided the best course of action was to have her daughter sell her beloved iPod and give the proceeds to Beat Bullying, a charity that works to combat bullying in all its forms. Rather than keep the incident in-house, as it were, Hailey's mom had her write out the punishment on the aforementioned sign so that she could post the picture for all the world to see.
"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."
On Tuesday, a boy accused of bullying his schoolmates was forced to stand on a street corner with a humiliating sign as punishment for his behavior, NBC affiliate KCEN-TV reports.
The fourth-grader's father, Jose Lagares, made his son hold a large homemade sign that read: "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies."
"Bullying is also a form of public humiliation," Lagares, of Killeen, Texas, told the station. "Maybe he understands that when he humiliates someone publicly that doesn't feel good. Hopefully he'll take that with him so the next time he tries to bully someone he'll think about it twice."
An in-depth look at cyberbullying and the accountability that social networks must take when combating this spreading disease of hatred and hurt.
It began with Rahteah Parsons. She was only 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted by 4 boys.
When a photo of the attack was circulated, Rahteah endured incessant mocking and harassment by classmates, both in school and in social media. Unable to deal with the enduring humiliation, Rahteah attempted to take her own life April 7th of this year. She died a few days later.
She was only 17. For two years she suffered.
Then, earlier this month, tragedy struck as 14-year-old Hannah Smith, from Lutterworth in Leicestershire, hung herself after “repeated messages on Ask.fmencouraging her to kill herself and criticizing her appearance.” Ask.fm had already been reportedly linked to 4 other teenage deaths in the last 3 months.
The family of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Canadian teen whose death sparked an international outcry last week, now claim they are being harassed by supporters of the four boys accused of raping their daughter.
"It just felt like someone kicked me in the stomach. How dare they do that?" Parsons told Global News. "My daughter is gone because of them, and they have the nerve to show up on my street and my community where my children live and keep harassing us."
15-year-old Audrie Pott posted a message on Facebook stating that her life was ruined and she had the "worst day ever." Shortly after that, she sadly hanged her
This all happened just eight days after allegedly being sexually assaulted while passed out at a party and having images of the attack posted online. TheAssociated Press reported on Friday, April 12, 2013, that three teenage boys have now been arrested for the assault.
For the many months after Pott took her own life, her family tried to figure out exactly what happened to their happy little girl who loved so many things.
The word “bullying” is overused — expanding, accordionlike, to encompass both appalling violence or harassment and a few mean words.
All the misdiagnosis of bullying is making the real but limited problem seem impossible to solve. If every act of aggression counts as bullying, how can we stop it? Down this road lies the old assumption that bullying is a rite of childhood passage. But that’s wrong.
Bullying is a particular form of harmful aggression, linked to real psychological damage, both short and long term. There are concrete strategies that can succeed in addressing it — and they all begin with shifting the social norm so that bullying moves from being shrugged off to being treated as unacceptable. But we can’t do that if we believe, and tell our children, that it’s everywhere.
In Emily Bazelon's latest book, "Sticks and Stones," the senior editor for Slate argues that the Internet and social media make teen bullying more vicious and challenging to control.
In an interview with the New York Times, Bazelon acknowledges parents’ role in navigating bullying as a tough one: “It’s obviously a huge challenge for parents, finding the balance you strike between protecting kids and expecting them to be a little bit tough, and learn how to stand up for themselves. It starts with that base idea that you have to know your kid, and know what they’re capable of, and give them room to do what they can do — not step in reflexively whenever there’s a problem. I think that builds some resilience in,” she says.
The comedian turned being teased into a positive thing.
Comedian Chris Rock’s has starred in a number of movies and toured the world in sold-out arenas. But little did we know he was bullied as a child.
The bullying began when he was in second grade.
“We lived in Bed-Stuy, one of the most famous ghettos in the world,” Chris says. “My mother and father wanted me to go to a better school, so I was bused to this poor, white neighborhood…I was the only black boy in my grade for most of the time. I was a little guy, too, a skinny runt.”
Chris says his bullying isn’t as uncommon as people may think.
“Put the most successful men and women in the world in one room, and ask them to put their hands up to see which ones were bullied. Most of ‘em!”
Speaking to Venture Beat, Hawkins said the new game, titled IF, aims to supplement learning in schools by focusing on areas that aren't typically taught in the classroom: social and emotional development.
The game, which is yet to receive a launch date, is targeted at children aged six to 12-years old. Players take on the role of an animated character in a fantasy simulation and have to learn how to be sensitive to other characters while learning to understand their own emotions. IF uses chapters to teach empathy, offering lessons on what an emotion is, how to identify them, recognizing how others are feeling and how to interact with people in a compassionate way.
Doing what’s right doesn’t always mean following the rules.
Seventh grader Brian Maclean stopped a bully from stabbing a classmate and was reprimanded by the school for his act. Brian’s mother in the interview was incredulous, stating that “we aren’t raising our children to be strong. Who will be our heroes? Our firefighters? Our Army guys?
Some educators and researchers that the "bullying" has been overused and abused, watering down its true, very serious meaning.
Every parent, teacher and child knows the word: "bullying." But this month, as schools and communities launch fresh campaigns around National Bullying Prevention Month, some are urging more precise use of the B-word.
"Bullying," some researchers say, has been misused and abused in the last few years -- too casually uttered about every hurt, slight and fight, too frequently used in place of "teasing" or "fighting," too often brought up before there's proof it happened.
Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff gives his take on how the internet has changed bullying.
Today’s bullies, though, know that the risks of being known are simply too great. Cyberbullies can attack online — via Facebook, Tumblr, Keek, Instagram, Snapchat and more — without anyone else seeing their dirty work or, if they mask their online identity, without the victim even knowing who they are.
Social-media attacks are, in some ways, completely different from what I experienced, and in other ways, are all too familiar. Aside for the occasional filmed beat down, most of these attacks are completely devoid of physical violence: They are mostly verbal or written attacks. Old-school bullies favored violence. Cyberbullies use words to paint especially painful pictures.
I would also argue that social media sometimes encourages gang behavior. Instead of one bully, we have ten or more. Instead of the natural bully, we have the casual joiner — weak-minded souls who follow the pack.
"One of the things that I’ve written a lot about in the past few years is the importance of engaging kids in causes that they care about. The way I see it, students are more likely to be invested in school when the work that they are doing matters.
To that end, I’ve had the kids in my enrichment period working on an Anti-Bullying PSA over the past few weeks. Here’s our final product:"
If you are bullied at school, you see, you never stop feeling bullied, no matter how old you are. It is absurd that I am 41 years of age and a group of women can still reduce me to tears. To be fair to the bullies, I was an awkward, argumentative, pedantic nerd of a schoolgirl. I know, shocking isn’t it?
Bullying prevention is complicated. Sometimes it seems that it's bigger than all of us but it's not insurmountable. We have an untapped army out there. If we start training bystanders to start stepping up from an early age, we've got a shot at creating safe and caring school climates.
Three years after the premiere of the documentary Bully, the kids featured in the film have transformed from victims into victors.
‘Bully’ director Lee Hirsch was bullied as a kid in Long Island, New York. He spoke of how he would get punched in the arm everyday when walking home; making his arm not colored with black and blue bruises, but a permanent yellow sleeve from the routine beatings. He couldn’t even talk to his dad because his dad told him to just man-up. He felt alone.
Amazingly, he made his experience an experience of reason and consequently, he made the documentary Bullyand created The Bully Project to inspire people into taking action against bullying.
Three years later, CNN’s Anderson Cooper follows up with Alex Libby, Kelby Johnson, and Kirk Smalley who were featured subjects in the Bully documentary.
A 17-year-old Canadian girl died Sunday following a suicide attempt last week.
In a Facebook memorial page, the girl's mother, Leah Parsons, wrote that Rehtaeh had been shunned and harassed after one of the boys allegedly involved in the rape took a picture of the incident and distributed it to their "school and community, where it quickly went viral."
"Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was okay, and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," Parsons wrote.
Most parents would agree that raising a generous child is an admirable goal -- but how, exactly, is that accomplished?
New results from the University of Notre Dame's Science of Generosity initiative, which funds generosity research around the world, shed light on how generosity and related behaviors -- such as kindness, caring and empathy -- develop, or don't develop, in children from 2 years old through adolescence.